Morgan draws crowd to MC

Robert Morgan, award-winning poet and best-selling author, kicked off the Appalachian Lecture Series on Sept. 9, with readings from his collection of poetry and his newest novel Brave Enemies (Algonquin 2003).

Approximately 225 people gathered in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall to hear the acclaimed author talk about his life, writings and career in a presentation entitled “The Voice of the Story.”

Following the lecture, Morgan held a book signing in the Fine Arts Center.

Morgan, who currently teaches English at Cornell University, spent the day at Maryville College, touring the campus and meeting with Maryville College professors and students.

As dinner guests of Dr. Chad Berry, associate professor of history, Morgan and students enrolled in Berry’s Appalachian History and Literature class discussed writing and Morgan’s 1995 novel The Truest Pleasure, which students recently read in the class.

Author Silas House will present the next lecture in the 2003 series. His talk, entitled “Finding His Heritage” will be held on Oct. 7. For ticket information, click here.